Now is the time to start planning for your children’s summer activities. The trend over the past years has been fewer children receiving special education extended school year services in the summer months. As a result, some of our children are without summer activities that will help them maintain skills. Families might face other challenges during the summer––such as finding childcare––while others might need to find social or learning activities.
No matter the need, starting early is the key for a successful summer.
Schools with after-school programs often expand to full days in the summer. Check with your school district for summer program information.
Some cities and towns throughout Texas offer summer recreational programs for children/youth in their communities. Many of these programs are open to children/youth with disabilities. Most are low or no-cost to families. Try searching “summer recreation [your community]” to find what is available in your area. YMCA, churches, and some clubs may have summer options. Take time to share your child's special gifts and their challenges with the program in which you are interested in order to make the best decision for your child.
Texas has many summer camps that offer programs for children/adults with specific disabilities. Others provide spots for persons with physical, emotional, intellectual, or developmental disabilities within their regular summer camps.
Here is a list with telephone number and websites of several of the overnight camps available to our children/adults.
Center Point, Texas
Visit Camp CAMP's Website
Visit Camp Summit's Website
Visit Lions Camp's Website
The Web is full of camping information for many types of disabilities, both overnight and day camps.
Start planning your child’s summer activities now. Do your research. Search the Web for possible activities. If you don’t have access to a computer, you can go to your local library to use theirs. Get ready for your child to have a fun, productive summer.
You can also search on this website for camps at Find Services, Groups, & Events.
Recent events, both personal and more widespread, reminded me of the need to be prepared for an emergency. Families of kids with disabilities can start now to prepare for future emergency needs.
To advocate for our children, we must be informed and active in the decision-making processes—from local to state to national concerns. There are tools to assist in finding helpful resources.